How to Sound Smart About Utah Politics for Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Countdown: There are 91 days to the 2013 municipal elections, 175 days until the start of the 2014 Legislature, 450 days until the 2014 midterm elections and 887 days until the 2016 Iowa Caucuses.

The House investigation of Attorney General John Swallow gets underway. The effort could take months to complete [Utah Policy, Tribune].

Swallow says he’s “blown away” by the investigation and wonders how things got to this point [KSL].

A report says Utah’s federal lands generate $12 billion in economic activity [Daily Herald].

The Tooele City Council mulls banning e-cigarettes in public places because the vapors they emit could contain toxic chemicals [Tribune].

Herriman Mayor Joshua Mills resigns saying he doesn’t have sufficient time to do the job [Tribune].

The Jordan School District approves a $495 million dollar bond. The question now goes to voters [KSL].

The Salt Lake City School Board approves a $3.2 million property tax hike [Tribune].

Wages in Salt Lake City are lagging behind the national average [Tribune].

The Utah Transit Authority cuts pay for some part-time drivers, but not for executives [Tribune].

Questions arise after the state awards an advertising contract for an anti-smoking campaign to a firm that worked to weaken indoor clean air standards in Nevada [Tribune].

The Salt Lake County Council rejects a rezoning request to accommodate a proposed development at the mouth of Big Cottonwood Canyon [Tribune].

A pornographic website claims a cyber attack against their servers originated from the LDS Church [City Weekly].

Congratulations to Tribune reporter Thomas Burr who has once again been honored by the National Press Club [Tribune].